Over the years, many beautiful resorts, hotels and spas have opened. Incorporating the diverse culture of the country, the various Tourist Establishments here offer visitors a unique, yet memorable experience to remember with.
Tourist accommodations in Sri Lanka consist of graded hotels, supplementary establishments, guest houses and limited scale camping sites. More informal accommodation is available on a paying guest system in private houses and hill-country tea estate bungalows.
The island is generally blessed with impressive hotels usually situated in stunning settings. The coastal areas, especially the west and south, have innumerable resort hotels, where package tourists mostly stay.
Hotels are build with beautifully softened and enriched by traditional influences and surrounding landscapes.
There are number of boutique hotels on the west and south coast, mainly centred at Galle.
Hill country towns such as Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela feature colonial era hotels, and for those who venture farther afield, perhaps to indulge in adventure sports, there are beautifully converted colonial homes, tea and rubber plantation buildings, jungle cabins, tree-houses and eco-lodges as well as camping under canvas.
A guest house varies from a hotel or bed and breakfast unit, primarily due to its lack of full time staff.
There are hundreds of guest-houses in Sri Lanka which will be suited for budget accommodation seekers.
Many homeowners in tourist-centric destinations have turned their homes to 'guesthouses', looking to capitalize on the tourism trade. Most offer clean, comfortable accommodation options available for affordable prices. The concept of backpacker hostels is still new to most of the cities in Sri Lanka, but private rooms can be cheaper compared to hostels in the western world.
Boutique hotels in Sri Lanka each have an interesting story behind them and are often heritage buildings that have been lovingly restored.
Staying in a boutique hotel in Sri Lanka gives a unique experience and makes guests feel that they are involved in the culture and history of the island. The small intimate staff body makes you feel at home and looked after, whilst the cuisine is creative and unique.
Travelers love to select boutique hotel experience in Sri Lanka because it is personal, the settings and rooms are inspiring and the staff are wonderfully hospitable in a way that is typical to the island.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA)
The SLTDA is committed to provide services to tourists and aid the industry with recommendation of visas, liquor licenses, foreign currency encashment and all related activities. The regulatory authority of all tourism related developments, the SLTDA is involved in establishing, updating and regulating industry standards in the travel and tourism industry, registering and licensing tourist service providers, inspecting and monitoring tourist establishments and service providers, and formulating and regulating prices charge for tourist services.